MK and LIR Campus Leadership Internship

Mary Kay Inc. and Loveisrespect Campus Leadership Internship


  • Are you passionate about ending dating violence on college campuses?  Do you think this aspect has been missing from the conversation about sexual assault on college campuses?
  • Do you have experience using social media to organize fellow students to take action
  • Are you looking for an Austin-based internship that will help you learn more about the problem and actively engage you in finding solutions?

If the answer is yes to these questions, we want to hear from you!  Mary Kay Inc. and loveisrespect have teamed up to offer an exciting new internship opportunity for students who are committed to ending dating violence on college campuses.  You will work on your campus and in partnership with other students to develop new materials, engage on social media, and network with other activists.


Mary Kay Inc. is committed to ending domestic violence and as part of the company’s Don’t Look Away campaign, works to educate young people about the warning signs of abusive relationships and how to get help. Mary Kay is the lead sponsor of the loveisrespect text for help service – the nation’s first texting program designed to help young people with healthy dating and relationships.  

Loveisrespect is a partnership between the National Domestic Violence Hotline and Break the Cycle.  Together loveisrespect provides online resources to teens and young adults, education and prevention programs, and digital services for young people who are experiencing dating violence or want to know more about healthy relationships.  


  • Assist with the creation of new, branded materials about dating violence to be distributed on college campuses
  • Organize and host tables or other visibility events to distribute materials and answer questions about the help that is offered on loveisrespect;
  • Partner with the Communications Team to develop social media content to be used in campus campaigns and across multiple channels for Mary Kay Inc and loveisrespect;
  • Participate in media training and serve as a media spokesperson for loveisrespect as needed in interviews about dating violence and healthy relationships;
  • Participate in training about loveisrespect’s digital services and educational programs and create new ways to promote loveisrespect as an off-campus resource for students who have experienced dating violence; and
  • Work a minimum of 8 hours/week on the lines as an advocate*. Provide advocacy via chat, text and other digital mediums for the National Domestic Violence Hotline and loveisrespect. This includes crisis intervention, safety planning, education about domestic violence and healthy relationships, and referrals to local services, as appropriate.
  • *Separate of intern hours, complete a mandatory 40-hour training prior to providing advocacy via chat services


*This position is ideal for motivated, self-starting, autonomous individuals able to foster conversations and new initiatives about dating abuse on college campuses in the Austin area.

Junior and senior students with a range of majors will be considered for this position.  Social work, marketing, health education, government, women’s and gender studies, African American studies, and other relevant majors could be a strong asset in this position.

You must have at least one semester of experience organizing on campus around dating violence or related issues including sexual assault, women’s rights, domestic violence, trafficking, LGBTQ, or crime prevention.  Relevant hands-on experience could include peer counseling, peer education, blogging, legislative advocacy, or policy development.  You must have strong writing skills, knowledge of multiple social media platforms, good public speaking skills, creativity, the ability to work both independently and on a small team with passionate co-workers, and the patience and flexibility to be part of a startup project.


You will work 10-15 hours per week with a flexible schedule, and receive a small stipend for your efforts.
Put your skills into action!  If you meet our criteria and share our passion for the cause, please visit our website at and submit the information listed in the “How to Apply” section.  Send all information to Marisol Contreras at the National Domestic Violence Hotline ([email protected]) by August 31, 2015.

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